Gnash 0.8.8: A Huge Improvement Over Previous Versions
Aug 29, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Back in June I wrote about Adobe dropping support for
Flash Player on 64-bit Linux. Since the existing version of the
64-bit Linux Flash client had a serious security vulnerability
staying with the last release isn't really an option. I also wrote
about the various ways to get around the problem, none of which
were entirely satisfactory. At the time the developers of SalixOS,
a Slackware derivative with a 64-bit build, chose to add Gnash, an
FOSS alternative to Flash, to their repository. They also
configured the repository to have the automated updates available
in that distribution replace Flash 10.0.45.2 with Gnash 0.8.7.
"I found Gnash 0.8.7 to be more than a bit problematic. In
general it worked on something less than half the websites I tried
which required Flash. YouTube videos worked exactly once. If you
tried to watch a second video you received this message: "An error
occured, please try again later". The workaround was to prevent
YouTube from setting cookies or clearing your browser of all
YouTube cookies between videos. Finally, Gnash 0.8.7 was incredibly
resource hungry, often driving my CPU to 100% usage and bringing
things on my system to a crawl."